Feast of Sicily 2019
| May 9–19 2019
The Topbike 2019 Tour of Sicily will be 11 days (10 nights) fully supported, off the tourist route where possible, riding up to 100k a day (but not every day), starting and finishing in Catania.
We will take a 40/60 coastal/inland route, including a 2 night visit to the island of Lipari. We use an excellent combination of traditional restaurants and unique accommodation, in all locations. Group size will be limited to 13, with 3 staff.
With a Catania start and finish, we’ll be doing an anti-clockwise loop around Sicilia. We’ll be stopping over at the towns of Forza d’Agro, Milazzo, Lipari, Cefalu, Cammerata, Agrigento and Caltagirone. Plenty of great coffee, gelato and many other Sicilian treats to be enjoyed en route too.
Tour Price: $5550 (AUD) (per person)
[Places are limited to 13 clients in total]
Tour Start / FinishCatania - Catania
Pick UpMay 9 2019 - Pickup 11.00am: Fontanarossa Airport Catania
Drop OffMay 19 2019 - Drop off 1.00pm, Fontanarossa Airport Catania
Cycling Fitness/ExperienceAny + E-Bikes Available
Thursday May 9 2019: Day 1 | Catania
Savoca (Sicilian: Sàvuca) is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Messina in the Italian region Sicily, located about 170 kilometres (110 mi) east of Palermo and about 30 kilometres (19 mi) southwest of Messina. The town, together with Forza d'Agrò, was the location for the scenes set in Corleone, of Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather. Bar Vitelli in Savoca, which is still a functioning establishment, was featured in the motion picture as the place where Michael Corleone asked Apollonia's father to meet his daughter.
Friday May 10: Day 2 | Forza d’Agro to Milazzo
Saturday May 11: Day 3 | Milazzo to Lipari
Lipari (Sicilian: Lìpari, Latin: Lipara, Ancient Greek: Meligunis) is the largest of the Aeolian Islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the north coast of Sicily, and the name of the island's main town. It has a permanent population of 11,231; during the May–September tourist season, its population may reach up to 20,000.
Sunday May 12: Day 4 | Lipari to Lipari
Dinner tonight, we’ll stroll the streets to an Enoteca for a pre-dinner drink, dinner at a local ristorante.
The 'Valley of Temples' is where seven monumental Greek temples in the Doric style were constructed during the 6th and 5th centuries BC. Now excavated and partially restored, they constitute some of the largest and best-preserved ancient Greek buildings outside of Greece itself. (They are listed as a World Heritage Site)
Monday May 13: Day 5 | Lipari to Cefalu
Cefalù is a city and comune in the province of Palermo, located on the northern coast of Sicily, Italy on the Tyrrhenian Sea about 70 km east from the provincial capital and 185 km west of Messina. The town, with its population of just under 15,000, is one of the major tourist attractions in the region. Despite its size, every year it attracts millions of tourists from all parts of Sicily and also, from all over Italy and Europe. In summer the population can triple, making the main streets and major roads in the country crowded. There is then a youthful atmosphere and a lively nightlife.
Tuesday May 14: Day 6 | Cefalu to Cefalu
Wednesday May 15: Day 7 | Cefalu to central Sicily
Thursday May 16: Day 8 | central Sicily to Agrigento
Friday May 17: Day 9 | Agrigento to Agrigento
Saturday May 18: Day 10 | Agrigento to Caltagirone
Sunday May 19: Day 11 | Caltagirone to Catania "Arriverderci!"
Catania to Catania, Sicily